He Held the Cross High
I already reflected on this event today, where some 200 young Catholics came to the defense of the Cathedral of Lyons (begun in the twelfth century on the ruins of a 6th century church) in France, during a "kiss-in" protest held by provocative homosexuals in front of the building last month; persons who did not have the decency to keep it to themselves.
And all day I have not been able to get the picture of this young man, this brother in Christ, out of my mind. Lifting high the Crucifix for all to see in front of the Cathedral; the Cross which---hardly before the Lisbon Treaty ink was dry---was outlawed in Italy (a prelude to all of the "new" Europe) by the European Court of Human Rights, before the Council of Europe, after outrage was expressed all over the EU, declared that it was not within the scope of the European Court of Human Rights to force this matter.
Now the matter is up again, under appeal, with ten EU states siding with Italy against the woman who originally brought the case, doubtless with backers who have, let's say, anti-Christian impulses; all of it so reminiscent of people in this country, people like Norma Corvey, who, now a Christian, admits she was manipulated to lie when young by unscrupulous forces in order to make Roe v. Wade law and babies die.
It was in this wider context that this young man held the Cross high and proud in front of the Cathedral which was cruelly assaulted by persons one can only pity for their lack of (once) common decency. This was a brave, Christic act for all who turned out. There could have been violence there; see the video. But he clung to the Cross as they all clung to Faith and urged the world to look upon the One who is being abandoned by so many today; and with Him, all love, mercy, justice, fidelity to marriage, family and to community as we once knew it so beautifully.
I don't want this picture to fade from my memory, even as we "Strive for peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see God" (Heb 12:14). It inspires, teaches, and can give us strength. I have often worried for my grandchildren who will live most of their lives in the 21st century. What kind of world will that be? But now when that anxiety washes over me, I will remember this man, and all those with him, defending the Cathedral, Cross held high, 2000 years of the Faith of Jesus of Nazareth held firm in their hearts. And I will remember that God has the future well in His Hands. It belongs to Him who will complete the work of human history as foretold, though evil become acute in our time.
That Cross is also an invitation for those who---perhaps reflexively, without thinking---would act the enemies of Christ; it is an invitation to think, to reflect on whether they really want a world without the influence of Jesus Christ---and whether they too are not victims of the conditioning of powerful elites who "know not what they do."
--->Church minister believes that the Danish flag is in danger after a case against crucifixes in Italian schools
--->Nations supporting Italy in EU Court of Human Rights crucifix appeal are Armenia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, San-Marino, Romania, and The Russian Federation. The court's Grand Chamber will hold a public hearing on June 30, and the final judgment on the case is expected by the end of the year.
--->Why de-Centered Europe is reeling in the face of nihilism.
--->Freemasonry has never been a mere gentlemen's club---that is the public, manipulated image---but students of history know it has from the beginning been a neo-pagan political power, a matrix with the aim of overthrowing Christian civilization. Ironically women are to this day not invited or allowed.
See Label below on Aldous Huxley to see the thinking of this very serious man whose ideological and family pedigree goes back to the time of Darwin's ideological counter-narrative and beyond. This is no mere political battle "for the republic". The architects of this republic, mostly Deists and Masons or sympathizers, were in great part men who propagated these very ideas and saw it as "manifest destiny".
Jefferson: "And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away [with] all this artificial scaffolding..." ---Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 11 April, 1823; Adams-Jefferson Letters, ed. Lester J. Cappon II, 594
Jesus of Nazareth was no Minerva-Jupiter fiction, but an historical person-event born of Mary of Nazareth during the reign of Caesar Augustus and Herod the Great. He proclaimed that He was the fulfillment, the long promised Messiah of Israel, and after doing wondrous miracles for three years (for which temple authorities saw Him as a threat to their influence) and teaching "with authority" like none ever before Him, was crucified by the high priest, Caiaphas, who delivered Him to Pontius Pilate in the year 33 for this claim and for declaring Himself the Son of God, claiming the Name revealed to Moses at Sinai (Exo. 3:14; Jn 8:58) who promised that He would rise from the dead "on the third day" in fulfillment of the scriptures.
At the crucifixion even many of His disciples were disheartened by the awful, brutal events, until in fulfillment, He split time in half by leaving the "empty tomb" (which even the temple attested was empty) and was seen by multitudes. Even some of those disciples, being very human, were skeptical when the first report of the women who found the tomb empty and saw the Risen One came; these were not at first convinced until they too saw Him with their own eyes and touched Him with their own hands. From then on the world has never been the same. The original apostolic community was well acquainted with myth, mythos, and decisively rejected it precisely as witnesses to these redemptive events, for which they paid with their lives.
--->Prince Charles' Population Control Speech Backfires with References to Chesterton, C.S. Lewis; see Chesterton's 1927 essay, Social Reform versus Birth Control
Timetables and human prognostications about the future mean relatively little for they can be disrupted by any number of events. Our task is to persuade on the basis of reason and the moral sense of the ages.
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